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At Willingdon Community School we really value our alumni relations which if open to all former students and staff.

As staff we want to hear about out former pupil's success stories and also feel that sharing these success stories could be an inspiration to our current students.  If you would like to have your picture added to our alumni site, run a short session with current students, telling them about your experiences, pathways, further studies or career, please get in touch.

You can do this via email to or complete this google form Student Details.

Keep in touch…

  • Keep us informed of what you’re accomplishing

  • Update us on your career path

  • Help us build a community to support our students

  • Support school events

  • Reconnect with old friends

  • Make a difference…

What we do with your Data?

This data is being collected for the purpose of registering members to Willingdon Alumni. All data is securely held by Willingdon Community School and under the terms of the Data Protection Act and School Data Protection Policy. The data will not be disclosed to third party organisations. All data will be treated confidentially and with the utmost care and respect.
We may communicate with you in person by phone or email except where you have expressed a preference not to be contacted in a specific way and your data may be used for the following purposes:

  • the distribution of school publications

  • the promotion of benefits and services

  • the sending of emails

  • School fundraising

  • notification of events, and of programmes involving academic departments and or staff of Willingdon Community School

  • the distribution of information regarding Willingdon Alumni group

  • information about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities

  • the promotion of careers path information

  • requests to complete relevant surveys

  • communications from your former college, school or department

  • research by administrative and academic school

Personal Details




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The Data Protection Act gives you the right to request that your data is not used for any of the above purposes. If you do not wish your personal details to be used by Willingdon Community School for any or all of the above purposes, you can change your communications preferences at any time by emailing

Les Naylor

Staff Member

I went to Willingdon school MANY years ago when the school was much smaller, and only the boys had to wear school ties and blazers!!! I loved school, and had the best time here, in particular my PE lessons.

After school I went to Eastbourne 6th form college – which is now East Sussex College (Eastbourne Campus). I studied French, Geography and Biology A level, plus GCSE PE ( as this did not exist in schools at this time!) I found A levels very difficult and a massive jump from GCSE’s. However I managed to scrape through them and through the clearing process secured a place at the University of Greenwich where I trained to become a PE teacher. I LOVED university , it was so much fun and totally different from college. I loved living away from home, and being way more independent.

After Uni , I took a year out and travelled around Australia. I highly recommend travelling – it was  one of the best experiences of my life, and led me to travel more at later stages in my life. I also started applying for jobs during this year, and was lucky to get a job at Willingdon….. where I have been 2nd in dept for PE, Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher.

Willingdon is such a great school, and been the foundation for many of my memories and experiences!! The kids are fab, and one of the reason why I have stayed for so long!!

Lewis Buckle

Student 2013-2018
Staff 2020-2021

After five awesome years growing up at Willingdon, I had the privilege to go to Eastbourne college on a scholarship. Whilst going to college here was only two years, my experience was unforgettable!

I was keen to make the most of my short time at college, and with that mantra, I was fortunate enough to do many things. My experiences ranged from traveling the country competing in international debate competitions, ball-boying for tennis players like Andy Murray, becoming a senior prefect, starting a business from scratch and pitching to business reps from the likes of Disney and HSBC, to even flying a plane at an Air force base as an RAF corporal.

My time at college though was sometimes testing, especially at the start where I really struggled to make the transition.  But I was humbled to meet so many new people from around the world who helped me settle, many of who I am still in contact today, and I finished my time at Eastbourne with an A level in English, Maths and History.

As someone who has a broad scope of interests, I never had one career goal in mind. This was frustrating at times, but also exciting! It was because of this I realised I did not want to go to university, and instead I wanted start making a difference in the world of work straight away. After COVID cut my college experience short, I spent the next 8 months trying to gain life experience away from the extracurricular and academics of school. This led me to volunteering, learning languages (I forgot these very quickly!), and working in new environments like building sites and hotels. I was honoured at the end of this to return to where it all started… at Willingdon School as a teaching assistant.

My time at Willingdon on the other side has been an invaluable insight to helping others, and it especially helped knowing my way around the building already.  This year I have learnt so much on the diversity of life and have worked with some remarkable young minds. There will always be some old schoolteachers though I can never bring myself to call by their first names, whether I am staff or not!

My time as an LSP and Receptionist had given me a firm foundation for when I start my next career chapter as a Police officer, where I will be an Apprentice officer studying to a Policing degree.

My time at Willingdon and the people I met there have been so significant to who I am and where I will go in my future! To them I thank you, and I hope to be back one day soon – maybe giving talks in my new police uniform!

Lewis Buckle




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